This is to provide new incoming Level 4 performance students to Rose Bruford College an explicit picture of the College’s commitments for the delivery of their courses in these exceptional circumstances when the public health guidelines around COVID-19 are still very much a factor.
We will continue to deliver a high quality teaching and learning experience that is broadly equivalent to that which was originally advertised. The content and learning outcomes of all the courses outlined below will remain unchanged. The delivery of these courses will move to a blended hybrid of face to face teaching together with online delivery - with face to face making up the majority of the teaching. The online delivery will build on what we have achieved, and what has proved effective, over the last few months.
In this context we will be making our Sidcup Campus, Christopher Court and our new spaces at Lewisham College as safe as possible for both our students and our staff. Please see below for details of these measures.
Of course, the situation with COVID-19 remains a fluid one. Naturally we hope and anticipate that these challenging times will pass – but the timing on this is impossible to predict.
Content of the courses
These highly vocational programmes are designed to provide students with the skills needed to become a successful professional actor/actor musician for the stage, screen and recorded media. There will be no changes to the content of the course or the learning outcomes as they appear on the College website at the time of application and enrolment. Any subsequent modifications made to course content will be made in accordance with academic regulations and in consultation with students.
American Theatre Arts (ATA)
ATA provides an opportunity to study acting both in the UK and in the United States; and challenges conventional notions of actor-training to equip students with an understanding of the traditions and innovations of a whole-range of American theatre practice. There will be no changes to the content of the course or the learning outcomes as they appear on the College website at the time of application and enrolment. Any subsequent modifications made to course content will be made in accordance with academic regulations and in consultation with students.
European Theatre Arts – Training the Contemporary Performer (ETA)
ETA provides rigorous professional training in the UK and Europe, crossing boundaries between theatrical vocations, cultures and countries, and guided by the notion of ensemble. It inspires new and innovative approaches to performance and nurtures students to develop their own artistic practice. There will be no changes to the content of the course or the learning outcomes as they appear on the College website at the time of application and enrolment. Any subsequent modifications made to course content will be made in accordance with academic regulations and in consultation with students.
Theatre and Social Change
This programme is for creative individuals committed to an innovative professional theatre practice – as performer, maker or producer - which aims to change lives and inspire change in communities from all backgrounds and walks of life. There will be no changes to the content of the course or the learning outcomes as they appear on the College website at the time of application and enrolment. Any subsequent modifications made to course content will be made in accordance with academic regulations and in consultation with students.
Level 4 (first year) - all courses
The specified trips to the theatre are dependent on the re-opening of theatres following COVID 19. Should theatres not have re-opened, online performances will be shown to prompt analysis and discussion. Showings of practical work will be subject to social distancing and public health guidelines on group sizes should these still be in place.
How the courses will be delivered
These courses will be taught though a blended hybrid approach with the majority of the classes being delivered face to face and the remainder being delivered online:
- Movement, voice, devising, music, radio and all production/project/rehearsal work will be undertaken face to face whilst adhering to any social distancing and group size public health guidelines that are in place. Tutorials may be face to face or online.
- Lectures, seminars, masterclasses, some preparatory work, contextual work, and professional preparation work will be delivered online.
The key elements to ensure student and staff safety during the face to face teaching for the academic year 2020/21 around COVID-19 are as follows:
- Groups for practical projects will be smaller (up to 12 students depending on room size) than normal. Wherever possible these groups will be kept together in “social bubbles” and interaction between “bubbles” will be minimised. We will mirror these “bubbles” for Level 4 students as much as possible within the College accommodation at Christopher Court.
- All rehearsal and performance spaces will be clearly marked with 2 metre (or whatever current public health guidance requires) squares to ensure social distancing can be maintained.
- Play and project choices will reflect the different numbers and space available.
- The maximum number of people in any one rehearsal space – actors, creative teams/tutors, and technical students - will be 15.
- In limited situations where social distancing is not possible (eg costume fittings) PPE will be used appropriately.
- Start times for teaching sessions will be staggered to limit the number of people moving across the campus at any one time.
The College will ensure it keeps abreast of all evolving creative industry developments in the area of performance in the light of COVID-19.
Length of the course/award/cost
The Acting, Actor Musicianship, Theatre and Social Change, ATA and ETA programmes are all three year BA (Hons) courses.
For the 2020/21 Level 4 students the academic year will run:
Acting / Actor Musicianship / Theatre and Social Change / ETA
Term 1 = w/c 26 October 2020 – w/c 14 December 2020 (registration w/c 19 October 2020)
Term 2 = w/c 11 January 2021 – w/c 22 March 2021
Term 3 = w/c 12 April 2021 – w/c 21 June 2021
American Theatre Arts (ATA)
Semester 1 = w/c 28 September 2020 – w/c 7 December 2020 (registration w/c 21 September 2020)
Semester 2 = w/c 11 January 2021 – w/c 24 May 2021
This is a slightly later start to the academic year for new Level 4 students than originally envisaged but the year will contain a full 30 weeks of teaching and learning. It is anticipated that future academic years will see a return to a September start for the autumn term. This date change will be reflected in the contracts for Level 4 students taking accommodation in Christopher Court.
The fee for all these full BA (Hons) courses is £9,250 per year.
How the courses will be assessed
Within the delivery of the courses outlined above, there will be no changes to the way the courses are assessed from that originally published on the College website at the time of application and enrolment. Any subsequent modifications made to course assessment will be made in accordance with academic regulations and in consultation with students.
These performance courses will be taught mainly at the College’s Sidcup Campus. There will be some classes taught in our new studios and other spaces at Lewisham College. Lewisham College is about a 20 minute train journey from Sidcup/8 Minutes from London Bridge to St John’s Station, followed by a five minute walk. New Cross London Overground Station and Lewisham Docklands Light Railway Station are both a 15 minute walk from Lewisham College. The College is also on several bus routes.
Should students be required to travel between the the Sidcup campus and Lewisham College during the 2020/21 academic year their fares will be reimbursed.
Should there be a further national or local lockdown due to COVID-19 all courses will be moved online until such lockdown is eased.
The College recognises that there are likely to be students who might be particularly vulnerable to disruption during the current situation. Those who might be most vulnerable to disruption include, but are not restricted to, students suffering from coronavirus, or who need to self-isolate, international students and students unable or less able to access and effectively participate in online learning for whatever reason, together with care leavers, those estranged from their families, students with underlying health conditions and students with disabilities. The College has support systems designed to be accommodating to the particular needs of such students. We would encourage students who feel they are vulnerable to disruption in the current situation to contact us to discuss their needs.
Should students not wish to take up their place a Rose Bruford College they are free to defer their place until the following year or to move to a course offered by another provider.
If you are unhappy about an aspect of your course there are various informal means of resolving issues through the Students’ Union, programme committees and student rep meetings. If these do not work for you please come to us using our student complaints procedure. We can then investigate and, if appropriate, put things right. If you have completed the College’s internal process and still wish to take your issue further, you may take it to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator.
A Covid safe campus
There has been extensive planning and new protective measures are being put in place to help to ensure the safest possible use of the campus and buildings at this time. This also applies to both Christopher Court and Lewisham College. The health and wellbeing of our students and staff is paramount. In addition to the measures outlined above to make practical work safe, the College will:
- Ensure all parts of the buildings are subject to enhanced cleaning regimes
- Ensure that hand sanitisers are available across the whole campus
- Install perspex screens at reception, the library, student services, study support, bar etc
- Install a heat sensor to cover the main entrance to the College
- Have hand held thermometers available for students to have their temperature taken before classes
- Instigate a one way system for movement around the College
- Instigate social distancing everywhere on campus
- Introduce a “click and collect” service in the library
- Continue to support students with ICT assistance and loans of equipment, as appropriate
- Ensure that all technical studios can be used observing social distancing and/or install perspex screens
- Offer international students who may need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival in this country a free room at Christopher Court hall of residence for this period
- Ensure that all technical studios are equipped with sanitising wipes to enable students to wipe down equipment/machinery after use
- Erect clear signage across the campus carrying social distancing and other relevant messages – including floor and ground markings
- Reduce catering offer to take away options for at least the first term of 2020/21
- Establish a dedicated room where those displaying possible COVID symptoms can rest and isolate